George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General John Sullivan, 8 October 1779

To Major General John Sullivan

West Point 8th October 1779.

Dear Sir

Since mine of the 5th (of which I inclose a duplicate) I have had the pleasure of receiving yours of the 28th ulto from Chemung and 30th from Tioga.1 I congratulate you upon your return in safety to that place, and upon the success which has attended the Expedition intrusted to your care. I am transmitting the particulars to Congress.2

I have yet heard nothing further of the French fleet, but they may be every day expected: the reasons therefore for your joining with the troops under your command as speedily as possible still subsist3—I am Dear Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS (photocopy), in Tench Tilghman’s writing, CtY: Washington Family Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS was sold in 1997 by California Book Auction Galleries, Butterfield & Butterfield, sale no. 6717/6718, item no. 4189.

1Sullivan’s letter to GW of 30 Sept. has not been found. For Sullivan’s report to Congress of that date, see Hammond, Sullivan Papers, description begins Otis G. Hammond, ed. Letters and Papers of Major-General John Sullivan, Continental Army. 3 vols. Concord, 1930-39. In Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, vols. 13–15. description ends 3:123–37.

3See GW to Sullivan, 3 October. For GW’s plans and preparations for combined operations with the French fleet, see Planning for an Allied Attack on New York, c.3–7 October.

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